At 12:30 p.m. during my orientation at Schneider Downs, I went to lunch with a few members of the Marketing Department. Little did I know that lunch was just the beginning of my introduction to The Schneider Downs Lunch Culture.
While some employees tote their lunches to work with them and store them in the refrigerator on the first floor, others form small lunching groups with coworkers and call hours (or even a day) in advance to order subs, Chinese food, or Mediterranean fare. But what is by far the most coveted form of lunch at Schneider Downs? The Free Lunch. Whether in the form of a lunch break at a seminar, sandwiches ordered in for a lunch meeting, or a trip to one of many local restaurants with coworkers, Schneider Downs employees have discovered the joys of a (free) working lunch. It may not come as a surprise that I too have grown to appreciate The Free Lunch. In what may be a Schneider Downs record, I was offered six free lunches in my first eight days of work…including the offers for two lunches in one day. Those lunches included: a welcome lunch on my first day, a celebratory lunch for a coworker who is about to have a baby, a buffet lunch at a CPE conference, a working lunch at a Marketing Department meeting, a cookout lunch after the firm’s fire drill, and a community-building lunch with the firm’s summer interns.
One may assume that Schneider Downs’ employees merely desire a free meal, but I have come to believe that the Lunch Culture is representative of the larger workplace culture of the firm. Employees’ willingness to take an hour out of their hectic, long workdays to spend time with coworkers reveals the friendly work environment and community atmosphere that is characteristic of Schneider Downs. My best memory of my internship at Schneider Downs is certainly the time I spent learning from and getting to know my coworkers over lunch. And if the lunch was free? Well, that was just an extra perk.
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